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A tale of two covers: Japan's message on Taiwan draws US notice

Defense white paper swaps out placid pink landscape for spirited samurai

​​​​​​​That was then, this is now: The 2020 and 2021 editions of Japan's defense white paper present strikingly different cover images.

NEW YORK -- Gone are the plum flowers and image of Mount Fuji on a sedate pink background of last year. A fully armored samurai warrior mounted on a charging steed is emblazoned on the cover of Japan's defense white paper this year, and people are taking notice of the shift in direction.

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